Sunday, December 16, 2012

Obama's Legacy

This is a letter to the editor in the December 15, 2012 Review Journal.

President Obama is worrying about his legacy, according to reports.
Are you kidding me? Because the mainstream media are in the tank for this president, he could be responsible for wiping out half the population with the plague and his "legacy" would be skillfully saving the other half despite the insurmountable obstacles he faced because of George W. Bush, the Republican Party, global warming and racism.

I think that this letter is funny, but sad. It is sad because it is so true.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Obama's Campaign Promises

In his crusade for a second crack at the presidency, Obama made many promises. He pledged to create "1 million manufacturing jobs by 2016", to cut "oil imports in half by 2020," and "cutting in half the growth in college tuition over the next 10 years. The means to accomplish these goals consisted of vague references to reforming tax codes and establishing "a new network of 15-20 manufacturing innovation institutes," etc.

Before his election, the Obama stated that the economy had turned around and he just needed more time. Now we are facing a "fiscal cliff".

Four years from now, we will see the results, but we must remember what Obama promised. Of course, he will not be campaigning, but we need to remember that politician's make promises that they do not keep. We must look at their record not listen to their promises.

Obama has blamed Bush for all the problems. Who will he blame now?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Surprise! We are approaching a "fiscal cliff".

Everyone is talking about the “fiscal cliff”. Did this just sneak up on us?

Our government is over 15 Trillion Dollars in debt. We are adding to that debt with over 1 Trillion a year. Then Congress decides to spend another 40 Billion Dollars a month on bad mortgages. We have unfunded liabilities in Social Security, Welfare, and other social programs.

Unemployment is at almost 8%. People are losing their homes, their jobs, and their hope.

Now everyone is noticing that we are approaching a “fiscal cliff”. What a surprise!

Just last Friday, the US Department of Education released new data on student loan defaults. Within a handful of years, US taxpayers will be on the hook for over $100 billion in student loan defaults.

When we needed strong leadership, the Republicans gave us Mitt Romney and the Democrats gave us Obama. Then, the people voted for the lesser of 2 evils. If we continue to vote for only the 2 major party candidates, we will continue to have the lesser of 2 evils governing us.

Register for other parties. Send a message that you have had enough. You can still vote for any candidate.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Political signage versus commerical signage

My neighborhood forbids commercial advertising on the front lawn, but the code makes an exception for politicians running for office. If anything, it should be the opposite. If I like a business, why should I be prohibited from putting their sign in my yard. If a political sign is OK, why not a business sign.

At least, the business only charges me for a service or product that I want or need. The government forces me to pay for things that I don't want. or use.

If my neighborhood doesn't like signs in our yard, then all signs should be prohibited.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Government Hypocrisy or Our Stupidity?

This is a letter to the editor in the Review Journal by Kenneth Heinz in Henderson

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they have health insurance, but does not require everyone to prove they are a citizen. Now many of those who refuse to prove or are unable to prove they are citizens will receive free health care, paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."
I agree 100%

You can make a difference! REVISITED

In this post, I commented on the quote, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”.

It seems that everyone has a different opinion about who "they" is. It is the people in power. The people with money who control our government.

The problem is that "We" gave it to them. We didn't vote them out. We let them break their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. We reelected them.

We need to stop reelecting legislators who do not defend the Constitution.

The purpose of law and therefore the Constitution is to protect every individual's rights, liberty, and property. Therefore, it is unconstitutional to take your rights, or liberty, or property and give it to anyone else.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Obama revealed.

In a Review Journal article. Thomas Sowell told about a time when then Senator Obama spoke to a predominately black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007.

Obama charged that the federal government with not showing the same concern for the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit as they had shown for the people of New York after the 9/11 attacks, or the people of Florida after Hurricane Andrew hit.

He mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute 10 percent as much as the federal government does, was waived in New York and Florida, but not in New Orleans because the people in  new orleans are predominately black.

Yet, less than two weeks earlier, the Senate voted to waive the act for New Orleans and Obama voted against waiving it.

It should come as no surprise that President Obama will raise taxes if he is re-elected. But here’s the shocker: He will invite the United Nations to tax Americans directly. And the proceeds would go directly to the Third World.

We must protect our rights, liberty, and property by electing people who will keep their oath to  uphold the Constitution which is the law of our Country.

Monday, October 8, 2012

You can make a difference!

I think that this quote sums up my feelings on the 2 party system.

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Emma Goldman

The only way to make a difference is to

·         Register as a third party candidate

·         Vote as a third party candidate

·         Get involved.

If you continue to vote for the lesser of two evils, you will continue to get evil.

Monday, August 6, 2012

We are giving up our Sovereignty!

Our Congress is making treaties with the UN and other countries which may trump our laws and our Constitution.

Liberal justices, like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have already urged using foreign law to interpret U.S. domestic laws – and now, if this convention is not stopped, the door will be left wide open to the trumping of our U.S. domestic laws with the whims of a U.N. "committee of experts"!

We must stop Congress from making treaties which gives up our sovereignty. One treaty under consideration is the Convention on Rights of Disabled Persons (CRDP). This  treaty gives the UN considerable authority over parents rights in the United States.

We must elect legislators who will stop making dangerous treaties. We must protect our sovereignty.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Illusion of Choice

These are parts of an article by Joel Bowman in an article entitled, "The Illusion of Choice".

Tell me sir, “yes” or “no,” have you stopped beating your wife?

Simply put, the false dilemma is a sly trick of exclusion whereby a speaker (always generously) offers his or her audience the apparently favorable choice between two unfortunately poor options.

So profoundly have certain false dilemmas bored their way into people’s “thinking” that supposedly able-minded individuals have stricken the very possibility of free market cooperation from their mental map.

Indeed, some confused people even contend that, were we to ignore the iron-fisted directives of The State, we would promptly descend into a Mad Max-style dystopia, in which a collection of unchecked territorial monopolies would roam the planet, stealing and damaging property at whim and torturing, imprisoning and killing whomever they so wished.

Strange then that these same people would “remedy” this apocalyptic nightmare by supporting The State...a collection of unchecked territorial monopolies that roam the planet, stealing and damaging property at whim and torturing, imprisoning and killing whomever they so wish.

I mention this article because this is the reason that government has grown so large. We think that the only solution to a problem is to have the government solve it even when the government has proven over and over again that it is not an effecient problem solver. In fact, it ususally creates more problems than it solves.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Is the United States still a Republic?

A Republic is a form of government which is governed by law. Our Country was founded as a Republic governed by the Constitution which is the law of the land. In recent times, the Constitution has been reinterpreted in many ways. Is the United States still a Republic?

An article in the Las Vegas Sun states that "Well, I’ve said before that, just as the framers of the Constitution were imperfect, so was that hallowed manuscript they created. Those Founding Fathers’ greatest gift was drafting a document that would be adaptable to the changing times that were sure to come and indeed keep coming".

Of course, the Constitution may need updating, but the framers provided a way to change it. You change it with an Amendment. If the courts can change it with their interpretation, we do not have a government by law, but by interpretation. There is no law at all if a judge can change it any time with his decision.

A Republic needs a strict rule of law. If times change, the law must be changed to adapt. In the United States, Congress must pass an Amendment to the Constitution. We cannot have judges change it with their rulings even if it is the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court purpose is to determine if a law is constitutional or not. The Supreme Court must have a strict interpretation of the Constitution. If the Supreme Court expands or changes the original interpretation, the Constitution becomes meaningless and we do not have a Republic.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

What if We were electing a king and not a President?

If we were electing a king, we would have a monarchy (rule by one) or, if the king was controlled by a few people, we would have an oligarchy (rule by a few).  Our founding fathers created a Republic which is rule by law. In American, our law is the Constitution. Do we still uphold the Constitution? Do we still have a Republic?
A king can make any decree and it is law. Our President can issue an Executive Order and it becomes law. There is not much difference.
A king can arrest and imprison one of his subjects without a trial. Now that the National Defense Authorization Act has passed, our President can arrest and imprison an American citizen without a trial. There is not much difference.
A king can create any kind of tax that he wants. With this new Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, our President with the help of Congress can tax anything. The Supreme Court ruled that we can be taxed for not buying Health Insurance. What will be next? Will we be taxed for not buying postage stamps because the Post Office needs money? Will we be taxed for not exercising because we are too fat so that the government can save money on health care? There is not much difference?
It’s rapidly coming to this: If you can be “taxed” for refusing to buy health insurance, you can also be “taxed” for refusing to ship off your kids to the U.S. armed forces. “If you have military-age children who have not served in this decade’s wars, then you owe a debt — meaning money — to those who did,” is how the Associated Press paraphrases the idea behind a new fundraising effort. How long before it will become a tax. There is not much difference?
A king can live a lavish life style in a huge castle spending money on clothes, travel and entertainment without any restrictions. Our President lives a lavish life style in the White House. He travels anywhere he wants in a private jet. He even has another jet for his dog. His daughter goes on spring break with her friends to Mexico. There is not much difference?
If you testify in court, you take an oath to tell the truth. If you break that oath and lie, you will be convicted of perjury and sent to jail. Our congressmen take an oath to uphold the Constitution. When they break that oath and vote for an unconstitutional bill, nothing happens. In fact, they probably will be reelected because the incumbent wins most elections.
We are losing our freedom, liberty, and independence. We may soon have a king instead of a President. We are becoming subjects to the king (government).
It is our fault. We, the voters, have elected the people who have taken our freedom from us little by little. You can continue to vote the same people into office or you can get rid of them and vote in people that will uphold the Constitution.
If you continue to vote Democrat or Republican, you will continue to lose more freedom and independence. By voting for a third party candidate whenever possible, you can make a difference. Do you want a king or a President? There is a great difference.

Don’t waste your vote. Don’t vote for the lesser of two evils. Vote for qualified third party candidates even if you don’t think they will win because, if you do, soon they will win. You will have made a great difference. You will regain your freedom and independence. You will have a President instead of a king.

It is your choice.

You can be an independent American or you can be a government slave.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Obamacare and the Supreme Court Decision

I believe that this article demonstrates how we are losing our rights and freedoms given us by the Constitution. According to James Madison Obamacare is illegitimate.

Here is the link.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Give us a king!

I read this article in the Guardian Express Newspaper. It was titled "Vote as if you are choosing your king" I am recommending that you read it. I have posted it on my web site. You can read it here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Do we need to increase taxes on the rich?

Warren Buffett has proposed that we tax the "super rich" more because he is willing to pay more taxes to help the county. The Buffett Rule, as it is commonly called, was introduced and defeated in the Senate.

I read an article today that discussed the proposed taxes on the rich. The premise of the article was that the rich spend money on extravagant things like expensive cars, planes, travel, hotel rooms, clothes, yachts, and etc. If you tax the rich which is actually robbing the rich, the government gets the money and it spends the money any way it wants. This causes wasteful allocation of funds.
However, when the rich spend their money, people are employed to make the product or provide the service. For instance, take a first class airline ticket purchased the day of the flight. It might cost thousands of dollars. The rich person who purchased the ticket was willing to pay more for the convenience of waiting until the last minute to buy the ticket, for having a better meal, for having more comfort, and for having better service.

The last minute purchase of this first class ticket helped to reduce the cost of the tickets for the other non first class passengers, helped pay the cost of the plane, help pay the wages of the airline employees, helped to pay for the cost of providing the plane, helped to pay for the cost of servicing the plane, and help to pay the cost of maintaining the airport.

This is the correct way to allocate funds. Products and services that are provided at a price the people are willing to pay will get purchased and supplied. If the people don't want the product or it is too expensive, it will eventually not be supplied.

In addition, taxation tends to discourage investment which would have a negative effect on our already depressed economy. Also many things that the rich purchased that were considered extravagant later become everyday products used daily by all the people, for example computers or cell phones.

Therefore, we should encourage the rich to spend more money and not increase their taxes. Increased taxes will only reduce their spending and encourage them to horde instead of invest and spend. If people like Warren Buffett feel that they should pay more taxes, they can just send more money to the IRS. I am sure that the IRS will accept it. Better yet they could just donate more to various charitable organizations which would directly benefit the less fortunate helped by that charity.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Vote like your life depends on it because it does.

In the last 4 months, we have had  the NDAA bill signed into law which allows arrest and imprisonment of Americans without a trial, CISPA which allow the government access to our private emails and other internet information has passed the House. and the Supreme Court rule that strip searches were legal even if you have never been convicted of a crime.

We are losing our freedom and independence. It has to be stopped.

Vote out anyone who is voting for any unconstituional laws.Do not vote for anyone who will increase spending and taxes. It is time to take a stand.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

We lose more of our liberty and freedom!

We are searched at the airport, we can be arrested and imprisoned without a trial, we can be stripsearched without being convicted on a crime, and now, the governmen is trying to be able to force companies like Verizon and FaceBook to hand over your private communications to government officials without a warrant.

It has passed the House so quickly that Ron Paul was not able to get back for the vote. It is now headed for the Senate.

I guess that the 4th Amendment to the Constitution has been ruled unconstitutional.

Only vote for candidats who will follow their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What is liberalism?

Sometimes, I wondered if I am really a conversative because I am concerned about the less fortunate. I wonder about the greed of big business. Then I read this Ludwig von Mises quote about liberalism.
Liberalism is no religion, no worldview, no party of special interests. It is no religion because it demands neither faith nor devotion, because there is nothing mystical about it, and because it has no dogmas. It is no worldview because it does not try to explain the cosmos, and because it says nothing and does not seek to say anything about the meaning and purpose of human existence. It is no party of special interests because it does not provide or seek to provide any special advantage whatsoever to any individual or any group. It is something entirely different. It is an ideology, a doctrine of the mutual relationship among the members of society and, at the same time, the application of this doctrine to the conduct of men in actual society. It promises nothing that exceeds what can be accomplished in society and through society. It seeks to give men only one thing: the peaceful, undisturbed development of material well-being for all, in order thereby to shield the m from the external causes of pain and suffering as far as it lies within the power of social institutions to do so at all. To diminish suffering, to increase happiness: That is its aim. No sect and no political party has believed that it could afford to forgo advancing its cause by appealing to men's senses. Rhetorical bombast, music and song resound, banners wave, flowers and colors serve as symbols and the leaders seek to attach their followers to their own person. Liberalism has nothing to do with all this. It has no party flower and no party color, no party song and no party idols, no symbols and no slogans. It has the substance and the arguments. These must lead it to victory.
This seems to be a great plan for a free society. Anyone who wants liberty, freedom, and independence should agree.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Government interference effects the market.

Anytime the government attempts to control the market, it creates effects that would not have happened it the government had left the market to itself. Therefore, the actions of government will determine who profits and who loses.

For instance, the government mandates seat belts in every car. The seat belt manufacturers made more profits. The auto manufacturers may have to install seat belts at below cost to remain competitive, so they may suffer a loss.

In today's economic condition, the government should reduce the red tape, eliminate the restrictive regulations, and lower the cost of starting and running a business.

Monday, April 2, 2012

I am 83 and tired by Bill Cosby

I had seen this before, but I think that it is interesting enough to consider it again. I am only 72, but I know how he feels.
I'm 83 and I'm Tired
I'm 83.Except for brief period in the 50's when I was doing my National Service, I've worked hard since I was 17. Except for some some serious
health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn't call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take
the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and
daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.

I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..

I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor. I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives andactions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I'm also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20's be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby makingthemselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I'm tired. But I'm also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I'm on the way out and not on the way in!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We must legalize the Constitution again.

Wendy McElroy states,
If you are an average American, then you are a repeat felon. In his stunning book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent (2009), civil-liberties attorney Harvey A. Silverglate estimates that the average person unknowingly breaks at least three criminal laws each and every day. Federal statutes and regulations have become so voluminous and vague that over-reaching prosecutors can target anyone at any time. They may think you are guilty, they could want leverage to force your co-operation, they may be vengeful, or they could be building their own careers; the motives are secondary. What's primary is the clout and, in this, the federal bureacracy of the United States now rivals the Soviet Union at the zenith of its power.
In Atlas Shrugged by Any Rand, a government official says that laws were made to be broken so that the government could control you.

Year by year, the government is taking away our freedom, liberty, and independence. We must stop the destruction of the Constitution. We must elect legislators who will honor their oath of office and uphold the Constituion. It will soon be to late.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How much Government is necessary? Is the United States Government too powerful?

How much Government is necessary? Is the United States Government too powerful?

People tend to believe that governments are necessary, but what are the necessities that a government actually has to provide. What happens when a government fails to provide these necessities or does more than it should at the expense of freedom, liberty, and independence. Governments are created by the people and can be dismantled by the people.

We tend to rationalize that the government is controlled by us and functions for us. However, how many of us really believe that we can actually influence the actions of the government now. Most people want to believe that they are in control, but it is denial designed to help them cope with the feelings of powerlessness.

Just look at what our government does. Does it care about the people or does it concern itself with the interests of a more elite interest group? Are elections just a means of convincing us that we still have control?

Does the government have the right to wield the kind of power that it has accumulated over the years? Shouldn’t a Republic, which the United States was originally, be governed by law. Shouldn’t the Constitution be that law? That was the original plan of the founders of this great country. Shouldn’t we as Americans demand that our government should answer to us?

The last decades have seen legislation and executive orders that have infringed upon our freedom, liberty, and independence. The United States is becoming a police state. It is time to ask yourselves how what rights and what freedoms that you are willing to give away. Ask yourselves how many rights and freedoms will be taken away when you have given up any chance of retaining them.

The government wants to know everything about you and everything that you are doing. In the past, it has used suspicion of criminal activity to monitor your actions and review your personal records without any criminal charges being filed.

Now, it is using the “war on terror” to invade our privacy to levels that were never thought possible just a few decades ago. “Big Brother” is here and is becoming more and more powerful and invasive.

As a Republic, the United States has the ideal that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, now it seems that everyone is guilty until proven innocent. Everyone is a suspect and must be under surveillance until they are proven innocent. No organization or individual should have this power.

Monitoring everything we do, is just the start of a program to eliminate criticism. If the people even think that they are being monitored, they will begin to censor themselves for fear of being targeted or arrested. Our free speech guaranteed in the Constitution will be taken from us voluntarily.

The government is succeeding in stopping any protests using legislation and intimidation. Soon, you will not be able to use your vote to stop it.

In addition to controlling our ability to protest and speak out, the government is also controlling our finances. The Federal Reserve is destroying the dollar and putting our nation deeper into debt. Despite the public being opposed to the bailouts, the government went ahead despite the fact that it was ruining the finances of the people.

The passage of the NDAA is the first step in removing all rights of the people. Americans can now be imprisoned or even killed without a trial. The is exactly what government needs to get complete control. It doesn’t need to convince a jury that you are innocent. It can do whatever it want without fear of anyone.

According to the Constitution, only Congress can declare war. Why is it that since, the last time Congress declared war for World War II, we have had 5 wars and are facing a sixth?

Why has Obama quickly and quietly signed the Executive Order for National Defense Resources Preparedness?

The power to start wars and to control the county with martial law is the power to force the people to work for the government to support the state with these wars. For all intents and purposes, we will be the slaves of the government.

Why are we afraid of terrorists when the government is destroying our lives by taking away the freedom, liberty, and independence that our forefathers and our veterans give up their lives to obtain and defend? I fear that we have to fear our government more than the terrorists.

The question becomes how much freedom, liberty, and independence are we willing to give up in the name of safety.

Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death”.

"Those who desire to give up Freedom in order to gain Security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." --Thomas Jefferson?

It is time to vote for third party candidates to send a message that you have had enough.

Voter ID - It's Constitutional

The Review Journal published another letter of mine. It is about the voter ID. Joel Rector wrote a letter to the RJ saying that the voter ID was unconstitutional. It said that the 15th and 19th amendments supported his claim.

I pointed out that they just guaranteed the right to vote regardless of race, color or sex. It didn't say that you didn't have to prove that you were the person who have the right to vote.

You can read my entire letter at by clicking here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Buy American

I received am email yesterday that promoted buying American. What surprised me was that the email pointed out that many things made in the United States are cheaper than those made in China or Mexico.

For example, the email mentioned G.E. 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. Both of these were made out of the USA. The private label items were made in the USA and were cheaper.

We need to look at the label and compare where an item was made and the price. American jobs are at stake.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Education--Big Union, Bigger Money

The article “Big Union, Bigger Money” is the perfect example that we don’t need more money for education, but we need more education for our money.”

This article demonstrates the waste in the educational budget. Administrators and Union Officials are receiving more and more and the teachers are not being rewarded for doing a good job

If Nevada would cut school administrative expenses instead of laying off teachers and if Nevada would stop social promotion in all grades levels, we would see a vast improvement in the education of our children without spending more money.

Since the legislature can only create the budget amount and cannot specify how it should be spent, I suggest that the budget be divided into 2 parts: the administrative budget and the teaching budget. The departments in each budget would be specified. Then cut the administrative budget by about 15% and add 15% to the teaching budget. Put the money where it belongs. Put it in the classroom

Silly me: I tried to open a lemonade stand

The Reveiw Journal Commentary about “Silly me: I tried to open a lemonade stand” demonstrates what is happening in our economy. The government is preventing people from going into business for themselves and earning a living. All the government regulations make it too difficult and costly for someone to go into business to try and support their family and themselves.

While I was canvassing during the 2010 elections, I talked to many people who were unemployed and wanted to go to work for themselves, but couldn’t because of all the government regulation. There were painters, handymen, bookkeepers, beauticians, and many others who could have easily gone to work for themselves, but didn’t have the money to do so

The government should provide opportunities for people to work and support themselves. It shouldn’t create obstacles for them and then have to provide them support welfare and food stamps